OverviewThe Benicadell is a calcareous mountain located between the districts of "Valle de Albaida" (Valencia) and "El Comtat (Alicante). It serves like a natural frontier between the Alicante and Valencia provinces. The summit is 1104m / 3622 ft above sea level and its orientation is SW-NE (practically W-E)
Getting ThereDepending on the itinerary you choose;
From Alicante: Take the A-7 highway to Alcoy, N-340 to Muro de Alcoy and then, to Puerto de Albaida.
From Valencia: Take the A-7 highway to near Cerdà, CV-40 to near Albaida and go to Puerto de Albaida by the N-340.
From Alicante: Take the A-7 highway to Alcoy, N-340 to Muro de Alcoy, CV-705 to Castelló de Rugat, CV-615 to Beniatjar.
From Valencia: Take the A-7 highway to near Cerdà, CV-40 to L'Olleria, CV-60 to Castelló de Rugat and finally CV-615 to Beniatjar.
From Alicante: Take the A-7 highway to Alcoy, N-340 to Muro de Alcoy, CV-705 to Beniarrés.
From Valencia: Take the A-7 highway to near Cerdà, CV-40 to L'Olleria, CV-60 to Castelló de Rugat, CV-705 to Beniarrés.
TraditionsIn the Benicadell mountain, we can find ruins of 17 snow wells (pozos de nieve o cavas), in different states of conservation. This construction was used to store the valued snow in the cold months, to be sold in summer for the ice creams industries, to preserve fishing,...
Climbing routesIn the nearby village of Salem, there is a fantastic climbing area with more than 100 routes of several grades of difficuly.
The routes are divided like that:
- From IV to V+ : 37 routes
- From 6a to 6c+ : 69 routes
- From 7a to 7c+ : 29 routes
- From 8a to 8c+ : 2 routes
More information is available in this website
Red TapeThe Benicadell was declared as protected landscape in 2005 and 2006, so obviously has a special protection. For more information you can call to any town hall related (Beniarrés, Beniatjar, Gaianes,...)
Free camping is forbbiden allaround of Comunidad Valenciana.
WeatherThe weather we can find in this area is typically mediterranean, with lots of sun and a few cold/rainy days in the year. Sometimes we can find snow, but it's very rare (photo)
If you need a prediction to 5 days, you can see this website
External LinksProtected landscape (Solana del Benicadell)
Protected landscape (Solana del Benicadell)
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